The secret database of construction workers, maintained illegally but used by some big name companies, hit the headlines last week. Ian Kerr illegally maintained a database of some 3,000 workers alongside descriptions of their lazy attitudes, poor timekeeping, and so on. The company has been shut down.
Everyone seems to have overlooked that a register somewhat like this exists anyway, in the form of the National Staff Dismissal Register. I blogged about this back in May and the register would seem to still be in hand, although it has managed to keep out of the headlines. The NSRD was sanctioned by the Information Commissioner after certain safeguards were agreed – and in fairness the scope of behaviour covered is much smaller. Visit its website here.